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MexicanHat Put a Sombrero on The Royals
May 24, 2016, 10:34 pm

The Rosalind A's travelled to Armena to take on the Royals for the first of a home and home series against the team that the Athletics lost two in the finals.  Much like the the RosalindA's twitter account pointed out, hopefully the Royals bats had cooled off since last July.  The Athletics versus the Royals game was the only match up of the night in the PBL, as all the other diamonds were unplayable following the much needed rain over the last few days.

 

Dan Enright got the start for the A's, after having entered two previous games in relief and earning two saves.  Enright, known as @MexicanHat2 on twitter, a great follow if you want to know when JA Happ is dominating for the Blue Jays.  From the start of the game Enright was on top of his game.  After hitting the lead off hitter, Enright's quick feet was able to pick on the speedy Armena base runner.  Enright got another solid defensive play behind him, as Hoover hit a line drive down the left field line, but Nic Ronsko made a tremendous play to cut the ball off, hit the relay, as the Enright combo layed the tag at second.  Enright continued to challenge hitters, as he was able to work around a couple errors, that unlike the game versus Beaumont, didn't come back to haunt the A's.  Steve Enright also made a rare spinning pick up at second, a pretty defensive play.  Dan froze a few Royals hitters with a big hook, and executed a fastball up in the zone, like JA Happ, to pick up 4 strike outs.  Not knowing how the official scorer ruled plays earlier in the game, Ronsko and Pederson nearly avoided a head on collision, trying to catch a line drive in the bottom of the seventh.  ZamZam ended up pitching a complete game, 2 hit, shutout of the regining PBL champs.

 

Offensively, Adam Enright hammered a 2 out line drive into the outfield gap to score two A's baserunners.  This big moment in the game would be counteracted, as Enright tried to steal home, with the bases loaded, on what appeared to be a passed ball. ARod ended up being out by quite a large margin, as the Royals catcher was waiting a the plate to tag him out and end the rally. But that two out, 2 RBI hit was clutch.  Clayton Harbak continued to put together important at bats, tacking on insurance runs.  Harb was going to work on his sprints, as he was thrown out by the right fielder on a fly ball to right field.  Ryan Yuha looked strong at the plate again, in a two for three effort. 


A's Evil Twin Shows Up on Defence in Loss to Angels
May 20, 2016, 12:05 am

In the first away game of the year, a favorite for many of the A's, Rosalind travelled to Beaumont to take on the youngest team in the league.  The Angels were coming off a tough loss to Bardo, while the Athletics had mercied the Roadrunners on Tuesday.  Rosalind lost both games to the Angels last year, a disappointing effort in Beaumont, and an extra innings loss at home in Rosalind.  The A's were eager to stay atop of the standings, with parity running wild in the PBL this season.

 

Coming off his opening day start, the A's went back to the well, as Brayden Benson got the start against the young, but fundamentally sound and talented Angels.  Benson put together another blue collar effort, pitching to contact.  However, the weather conditions and sub par defence behind the young right hander made pitching to contact a sketchy proposition.  The calling card of the Athletics in the current era has been limiting walks and playing tight defence.  Defensively, Rosalind made 5 errors behind Benson, unfortunately resulting in 5 unearned runs.  Benson went 4 innings, 5 runs allowed, 0 earned, 5 htis, 4 strikeouts, and 2 walks.  Dan Enright came in the game in relief, pitching 1 inning, 1 run, 0 earned, 1 hit, 1 walk.

 

Somehow, while the Athletics were booting the ball around defensively, and had to right to be in the game, they were still in striking distance all game.  In large part because of two RBI doubles by Clayton Harbak, driving in 3 runs.  The big man was on fire at the plate, and made a solid diving snare at 3rd base, but had a couple of tough bounces at first.

 

The A's look to get back on track against the reigning champs, the Armena Royals, early next week.  Rosalind would like nothing better than to make up for a hard fough, extra inning loss in  Armena last year.  Additionally, the A's felt like they had more to give in the league championship loss.  Either way, there is definitely motivation to put a better effort next week, with lots to prove.

 

 


Rosalind Walks To Victory Past The Roadrunners
May 17, 2016, 10:56 pm

In the second game of the A's homestand, Rosalind took on their county cousins, the Camrose Roadrunners.  Coming off a win in the home opener, and knowing how every game can have playoff implications, Rosalind wasn't taking the Roadrunners lightly.  Although the Camrose team has struggled in recent years, they looked to turn things around and showed up with 18 players; including a former Athletics hall of famer, Kevin 'Skip' McDonald.

 

The bearded farmer, Matt 'Gibby' Enright, got the pitching start for the A's in the Tuesday night matchup.  The veteran has been tinkering with his 2 seamer, and was showing off the impressive 1" of movement in the first inning, catching a Roadrunner batter looking at strike three.  The Camrose bats found a few holes in the following innings, as the Roadrunners put 2 runs on the board in the following two innings.  Enright's final line read 3 innings pitched, 4 runs, 6 hits with 2 strikeouts.  As this is the Rosalind A's, of course another Enright would come in to pitch in relief.  Steve Enright once again kept batters off balance and buckling knees with his filthy curveball and arcing change up.  Simple, yet effective, as Steve threw two scoreless innings.

 

Offensively, the A's looked for production from Brandon Heck, having recently been signed to a PTO.  Of course, without having swung a bat or seen a pitch this year, the A's had Heck batting 3rd in the order.  That probably speaks more to the offensive prowess of the Rosalind offence than Heck's ability with the bat.  The Roadrunners must have had scouting reports from Heck's fill in duty last season, as he was hit by pitches in two of his four at bats.  The offensive player of the game however, went to Cory Lohr, as the Rosalind local went 2 for 3 with 4 RBI's.  Bart Orr also racked up a single and a double, in a 2 for 4 night.  Lastly, Matt Enright's consecutive walks to start a season record came to a close, as Gibby crushed a line drive right into the right fielders glove after 7 walks in a row to start the season.

 

The final score was 14-4, as the A's mercied the Roadrunners in five innings.  The Athletics travel to Beaumont on Thursday to take on the young and talented Angels's squad.  Although based on their twitter feed, I'm sure only their mothers think their Angels off the field.  Oh to be young and livin' the dream in the PBL!!

 


Battle of the Athletics Home Opener
May 15, 2016, 11:26 pm

The Rosalind Athletics kicked off their 2016 season, and sophomore membership in the Powerline Baseball League on the bright, sunny day of May 14th.  The A's were league finalist in their inaugural season in the PBL, falling to the Armena Royals last summer.  With more to left to prove Rosalind was eager to kick off the season with one goal in mind.

 

Much like the CFL in the 90's, the Rosalind Athletics were taking on their name relatives, the Bardo Athletics.  The good guys went 1-0-1 last year versus Bardo, after a memorable game due to "lack of sunlight".  That game kicked off a stretch of playoff desperation games, and wins, for Rosalind to close out the regular season. 

 

Coming off an impressive run in the playoffs, Rosalind sent budding ace Brayden Benson to the mound. Benson went about his business as he's continued to establish in his young career, pounding the strike zone and inducing plenty of ground balls. The youngster on the bump got solid defence behind him early in the game, as Bart Orr channeled his inner Kevin Pillar as he laid out superman style on the first batter of the game to make an incredible catch. Brayden ended up pitching 4 solid innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, racking up 4 strikeouts and no walks. Dan Enright came in relief to close out the win for Rosalind, spinning his bending curveball for 3 shutdown innings while earning the save.

 

Ryan Yuha was the A's player of the game, leading the offence with a 2 for 3 effort with a double, single and 3 RBI's.  Rosalind capitalized on their opportunies, and had a good eye at the plate, scattering 6 hits and drawing 5 walks in home half of the innings.  Speed and conditioning, yet again, didn't appear to have been a priority again this off season as the A's collective weren't gazelle's on the base paths.

 

The Athletics take on the Camrose Roadrunners, and former A's veteran Kevin McDonald on Tueday in Rosalind at "The Homer Dome".  The farmers on the team are hoping that scheduled baseball games soon jinx the hot, dry weather and the clounds release a soaking 1" rain. 


A's Chopdown The Axemen
May 15, 2016, 11:03 pm

2016 Season Preview
May 15, 2016, 11:03 pm

A's Close Out Season With Big Tournament Championship
Jul 27, 2015, 10:03 am

After victories in their two round robin games, the Rosalind Athletics found themselves in the finals of the Cold Lake tournament against the home town Cardinals.  The A's had played two instant classics against Cold Lake last year, an 1-0 11 loss in round robin and a tough 5-3 loss in the finals.  Rosalind had gotten partial redemption after a 6-2 win on Saturday, and looking to even the series at 2 with a season ending win on Sunday afternoon.

 

Recent pick up, Jordan Hoover, got the start for the Athletics in the finals.  Hoover previously played against the A's in the PBL finals, and had been the starting SS for the A's in the first two games of the tournament.  The hard throwing righty proved to be a very solid addition, as Hoover threw a complete game victory.  The final line produced a 7Inn, 7K, 1BB, 6H, 0ER.

 

Offensively, Rosalind played to their stretghts and utilitized "small ball" while being aggressive on the base paths to put their runs on the board against a sound Cardinals teams.  After the A's gave up an unearned run, the speedy Hoover was thrown out at home on a perfect throw after leading off the bottom of the innning with a booming double.  The A's didn't threaten again until the bottom of the 4th inning, when M.Enright led off with a walk, Ronsko followed with a single before Gjesdal hit an RBI double.  Pederson then layed down a bunt, allowing Ronsko to score on the squeeze and put the A's up 2-1. In the bottom of the sixth, after Gjesdal reached on an error, Pederson sacrifice bunted in an attempt to move Gjesdal into scoring position, but a tough call eliminated Mark, but Pederson still got to second and took 3rd on a stolen base. With two out, Hoover got hit by a pitch for the 2nd time in the game, followed by a wind aided double hit in front of the right fielder to cash Pederson and Hoover and put the insurance runs on the board that the A's needed.


Athletics Clip Cardinals Wings; Advance to Final
Jul 27, 2015, 10:02 am

The second game of the Cold Lake tournament had the A's taking on the home town Cold Lake Cardinals.  The second game wrapped up the round robin portion of the tournament, and would effect the standings and 'A' and 'B' final match ups.  After Rosalind upset the Westlock Red Lions, and then the Red Lions beating the Edmonton Athletics, a solid game by Rosalind would put them in the final versus mostly likely the Cardinals.

 

'Big game Benny' took the mound in his fourth straight important game for the Athletics.  Benson did what he always does, putting in a consistent effort by keeping the ball down and using the surging defence behind him.  Brayden was on fire, as for six straight innings no Cardinals advanced past second base and most innings only had a max of 4 batters.  After an error in the bottom of the 7th, the Cardinals slugger went on to hit a two run homerun, but the game was already in the bag.

 

Offensively, the A's won the game on the backs of a strong five run inning.  A single, walk and 4 straight hits put all the runs on the board that the A's would eventually need.  The top of the order lead the way, as Hoover, S.Enright and Yuha all had multiple hit games and each scoring runs.


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